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Ocala National Forest – Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area

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This beautiful spot along the edge of the Big Scrub offers a spring run that pours into Lake George, the largest of the St. Johns River Chain of Lakes. Both a popular day-use recreation area and an important archaeological site, Silver Glen Springs showcases the delicate balance between enjoyment of the outdoors and preservation of irreplaceable resources.

  • All canoe rentals are first-come/first served. Personal flotation devices/life jackets and paddles are provided with all rentals.
  • Reservation system for parking is temporarily unavailable.    
  • General store is temporarily closed.   

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; may close earlier seasonally. 
Rentals & Guides:  Canoe rentals are available on site. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees For more information on fees, please visit the concessionaire at https://www.adventureocala.com/recreation-areas. Fees are subject to change without notification.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No diving or SCUBA diving permitted. Boats must stay out of swimming area.
Closest Towns: Nearest grocery / gas stations:

  • Astor, 14 miles southeast via SR 19 and SR 40.
  • Salt Springs, 10 miles north via SR 19. 
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Portable toilets only
Passes: Ocala National Forest Springs Hopper Pass: This day-use pass is $70 + tax per person and is good for 12 months from the date of purchase. It provides entrance to recreation areas managed by Adventure Ocala, which includes: Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Clearwater Lake and Wildcat Lake. This pass is available for purchase at Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs and Silver Glen Springs.
Operated By: Adventure Ocala

General Information

Directions:

Silver Glen Springs is located 6 miles north of SR 40 along SR 19 along the eastern edge of the Ocala National Forest. The recreation area entrance is directly across from the Yearling Trail trailhead and lies north of the Juniper Wayside area.

From Interstate 75 in Ocala or Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach, follow SR 40 into the Ocala National Forest to its intersection with SR 19 at traffic light east of Juniper Springs and west of Astor Park. Drive north on SR 19 for 6 miles to the recreation area entrance on the right.

General Notes:

This recreation area is especially busy on summer weekends. There are changing facilities near the parking area but no flush toilets, due to the sensitive nature of the cultural heritage and geology of this area.

Parking:

 The parking area is closed when full. 

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

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Activities

Hiking

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Day Hiking

Enjoy a walk in the woods with a cool breeze off Lake George on the Lake George Trail (3 mile round-trip), or a visit to Jody’s Spring beneath a canopy of palms along the Spring Boils Trail (3/4 mile round-trip).

Areas for Day Hiking at Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area

Outdoor Learning

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Interpretive Areas

Silver Glen Springs was once a village site, and is now home to enormous middens – ancient trash heaps full of fossilized snail shells and the ephemera of everyday lives – beneath a canopy of live oaks. Interpretive information brings the past to life.

Water Activities

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Boating – Non-Motorized

Rent a kayak or canoe or launch your own for a trip down cypress-lined Silver Glen Run. Stick close to shore to watch for eagles above and manatees below.

Areas for Boating – Non-Motorized at Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area

Swimming

With constant 73°F crystal-clear water and a basin that slopes gently to the spring, Silver Glen Springs is a popular swimming hole. Bring your snorkel and meet the fish face to face!

Amenities

Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site Significant archaeological site.
Toilets
Parking
Fee charged for some activities

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